QMedCONNECT: Highlights

February 2023

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What do we have for you this month?
  • Two blog posts from our founder
  • Four useful articles
  • Two new resources: InstantILL & Elsevier's Journal Finder
The QMed Team

From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts

This month Vasumathi Sriganesh shares about how we get very useful feedback for our articles, but also some very superficial ones. We NEED the useful detailed ones! They help us help you. Also she mentions that while we would love to help you by doing jobs for you, just like we cannot eat food for you, or do exercises for you, it is ideal if you learn searching from us and then take help when you need it. And not ask for the job to be done.
What if someone gave you this feedback - "More details"
Your first reaction - is most likely to be - "What"??? That's right. The two words mean just nothing in this context. I'd love to share some thoughts about getting and giving feedback. This based on what we receive for our courses on www.qmedcourses.in Most of us love getting great feedback: How many of us, in our school days waited …

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If we teach, you need to learn. And practice
I am going through a course where I am getting mentored on several skills. In one of the sessions a participant asked the mentor "Can you help me do ......?" (She asked for a specific job she needed done) And the mentor answered: "I would love to do this for you. But I cannot DO your jobs for you. You …

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From our Social Media Posts - "Do You Know?"

InstantILL: This is something we need in all our Medical Libraries. InstantILL is a tool by which a library can deliver articles to its members from its collection, as well as anything that is open access - saving the time for both - the user as well as the library team! Visit https://instantill.org/ to know more.

Elsevier's Journal Finder: "How do I choose a journal to submit my paper to"? - Is a common dilemma for most authors. Here is a tool which looks interesting. Go to the Journal Finder. Enter the proposed title and abstract. Search. The tool throws up a number of journals you could explore. For every title, it also gives metrics for the journal. All this from Scopus indexed journals. Read the FAQs on the site for more information. https://journalfinder.elsevier.com

From our Social Media Posts - "Useful Articles"

  1. Dr Abhay Bang - in this Editorial about a full issue of a journal being devoted to Tribal Health, highlights five important points to remember if one wishes to do any research in tribal health. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36629174/
  2. Dr Ashish Kumar emphasizes that the use of correct referencing is important not only for the credibility of the manuscript but also of the author. And yet - he says - many authors pay negligible attention while compiling the references of an academic research work. Very true! This is why QMed created a tutorial on Introduction to Referencing and one on Mendeley https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36582959/
  3. Types of images, image formats, size, the resolution, copyright issues and more ... there is so much about images used in scientific writing. Dr Vaidyanathan explains it all in this article https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36511021/
  4. Is Open Access the answer to the best solution for scientific publications? The authors of this article have a different view point. They highlight how the "Article Processing Charges" (APC) pose a challenge to junior researchers, unfunded researchers and resource poor settings. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36481722/

Lectures, Webinars & Workshops this month

  • 2nd Feb - Literature Searching Skills - An urgent need in Curriculum - Under the Marvelous Medicine series

QMedCourses News

February 2023: Badges Awarded to those who scored 100% and for giving us suggestions that have helped us improve the courses / offerings
Sweta S, LLRM Medical College; Siva Sai Kumar Reddy Yatham; GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research; Priyanka Gogoi & Sharan Mallya, AIIMS Guwahati
Course: Introduction to Referencing

Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching
This course teaches one to extract evidences from large and complex databases. Simple way of explanation. Easy to understand. Nagarathna Poojary, PG Student, coGuide
Course : Introduction to Referencing
This course 100% improves my referencing skills. It would be useful for all medical/library professionals. Vasumathi madam's way of explanation is really good. Bandaru Mohan, Librarian, GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Course : Mastering PubMed
I'm a PHD scholar I need to apply this knowledge for my thesis. Flexible timing, Lucid deliberation , Chapter wise assessment MCQs all these made the course enjoyable. Abhijit Dey, PhD student, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
Course : Reference Management with Mendeley
The course is simplified nicely to understand Mendeley. Simple language used in the video. Naveen P, Faculty, Physiology, AIIMS Guwahati

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